Wolf's Cross

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Wolf's Cross

Wolf, Book 2

S.A. Swann brings us a sequel to Wolfbreed in Wolf’s Cross. This is a story of a woman’s trials and tribulations in a world she thought was understanding until it was her they needed to understand.

Maria works for the Lord of the land that her family lives on; her step-mother has always treated her as her own and now since her father has passed on continues to do so with fervor. Her step-mother continues to remind her to keep the cross on that her father always told her never to take off because it keeps her safe from evil that abounds in the land.

When the bishops men come to the Lords lands searching for an animal with wounded men in their wake things start to happen to Maria that she doesn’t understand. Josef the monk she is taking care of keeps being very secretive about why they are there and what they are hunting but wants her to make sure she takes care and safety in getting home everyday.

One evening she meets a gentleman named Darien who saves her from a guy who is always trying to put his hands on her and kiss her. He says things she doesn’t understand like “Does the necklace protect you from them or them from you?” and “Do you not know what you are?” These things confuse her but she does know that he stirs emotions in her that should not be stirred.

Darien realizes he must show her what she is and that people will not understand and he will go to extreme measures to accomplish this. What does he think Maria is? What is Josef hiding about what they are hunting? What is her step-mother so scared of as was her father?

Book Blurb for Wolf's Cross

S. A. Swann continues to reinvent the werewolf myth in this fantastic new novel set in the medieval world of the celebrated Wolfbreed. Like its predecessor, Wolf’s Cross is unafraid to cross boundaries and break taboos to tell an unforgettable story of romance and adventure that will forever change how you think about werewolves.

Maria lives a simple life in a small Polish village, working for the lord of the nearby fortress. Motherless since birth, Maria has been raised by her father and stepmother. Around her neck she wears—as she has always worn—a silver crucifix, to protect her from the devil. Or so her father tells her.

But when a contingent of badly mauled Teutonic knights, including a handsome and gravely wounded young man named Josef, ask for succor at the fortress, Maria’s quiet and comfortable world shatters. For the knights are Wolfjägers, an order dedicated to the extermination of werewolves, and Maria, unknowingly, is one of the creatures they hunt. Only the crucifix about her neck prevents her body from changing into a lethal killing machine.

When Maria meets Darien, a wolfbreed bent on exacting a terrible revenge on humans, she will learn the truth about herself, and find her loyalties—and her heart—torn in two.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.75